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Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Why Do You Write?

This is a complex question. And the answer may/will change over the course of your writing career. You may also have several reasons for writing all at the same time. The point is to really think about it and figure out the main reasons you write because it will help you keep writing if you can understand your motivation.

Yeah, it's like that. Lot's of people start writing, but not all of them actually finish and move on to publication. Those who continue on the journey have a lot of things pushing them forward--motivation, ambition, passion, determination, etc. All of those things come to you when you have a clear goal in mind and you really KNOW why you want to reach that goal. You could argue that the ambition and passion direct you toward your goal.

Let's make a list of reasons why you write. Everyone chime in!
Reasons We Write:
To understand myself better
To share a good story
To help someone forget their troubles
To clear out the voices in my head--aka to get some sleep ;)
To teach
To preach
To make people think
To shock
To discover how the story ends or begins (the backstory)
To help me face my problems
To help the characters solve their problems
To keep from going insane!
To express myself
Because I can't NOT write
It's my passion


Trisha F said...

Those are all great reasons, for sure!

I don't know if my reasons for wanting to write have changed as yet, but because of this frequently recurring question in the blogger-writer world, I guess I have thought a lot more about it in recent years than I ever did before. :)

Huntress, aka CD Coffelt said...

None of the above!
I write to discover how the story ends/begins or learn the backstory.

L. Blankenship said...

To help me face my troubles
To solve the problems the characters face
To keep from going insane :)

...and because I'm kind of a screw-up at everything else.

Emma Adams said...

I write because I can't NOT write. It's always been the way I express myself, and I can't live without it. Even if it's often frustrating!

Patchi said...

Definitely to quiet the people in my head. If I don't, I can't sleep. Not that I get much sleep when I get up in the middle of the night to write...

Terri Rowe said...

I can't imagine or remember a time I didn't write or have some sort of story I needed to tell. You are right that it helps to focus on those roots when one gets weary about the process.

Angela Brown said...

Passion and to clear the characters' stories from my head. Though clear isn't what happens, more like make room for another one one leaves lol!

Charity Bradford said...

Whoo hoo! Our list is growing. All of these are wonderful reasons to write.

Liz said...

I think I write because I've always been making up stories, and this way they don't keep me up at night.